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12 Nov 2018

2019 World Matchplay Championship

The 2019 short format World Championship is being re-named the World Matchplay Billiards Championship, inheriting the name of a WPBSA billiards tournament which took place up until 2002 (see below).

This will be played under the 100-up, multiple games format with modified rules (see here). It will take place between 22nd and 26th of April 2019 in Leeds and will be preceded by the UK Open and a Qualifying Tournament.

There will also be a new Women’s Matchplay event.

The cut off point for the Order of Merit for WBL nominated entries will be 1st February (following the Scottish Open).

Seeding will be based on the Ranking List as at 1st April (following the English Open).

See here for the prize money breakdown.

For the entry criteria see here.



The World Matchplay Billiards Championship took place between 1989 and 2002 and the winners were:

1989 Mike Russell [150up]
1990 Mike Russell [150up]
1996 Mike Russell [150up]
1997 Robby Foldvari [100up]
1998 Mike Russell [100up]
1999 Geet Sethi [Timed]
2000 Peter Gilchrist [Long Up]
2001 Mike Russell [Timed]
2002 Chris Shutt [Timed]


Our own short format champions are as follows:

2012 Rupesh Shah [150up]
2013 David Causier [150up]
2014 Pankaj Advani [150up]
2015 David Causier [150up]
2016 David Causier [100up]
2017 David Causier [100up]
2019 [100up]